News

May 20, 2024
Our paper, “False negative - that one is going to kill you - Understanding Industry Perspectives of Static Analysis based Security Testing” has received the Distinguished Paper Award at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2024!

December 19, 2023
Our proposal (PI - Sidi Lu; Co-PI - Adwait Nadkarni) on “Investigating Security and Privacy by Design for Teleoperated Autonomous Vehicles” has been funded as a part of the CCI Fall 2023 call on “Supply Chain Cybersecurity”![CCI Announcement]

December 19, 2023
Our paper, “Practical Integrity Validation in the Smart Home with HomeEndorser” has been accepted to the 2024 ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec 2024)! [WiSec’24]

October 27, 2023
Our paper, “Understanding the Privacy Practices of Political Campaigns”:” A Perspective from the 2020 US Election Websites” has been accepted to the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2024! [S&P’24-b]

September 14, 2023
Our paper, “Towards Automated Regulation Analysis for Effective Privacy Compliance” has been accepted to the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) 2024! [NDSS’24]

August 15, 2023
Our paper, “Belt and suspenders or just red tape?”:” Investigating Early Artifacts and User Perceptions of IoT App Security Certification” has been accepted to the USENIX Security Symposium 2024! [USENIX’24]

July 20, 2023
Our paper, “Helion”:” Enabling Natural Testing of Smart Homes” has been accepted to the tool demo track at the ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering 2023! [ESEC/FSE’23-b])

July 20, 2023
Our paper, “MASC”:” A Tool for Mutation-based Evaluation of Static Crypto-API Misuse Detectors” has been accepted to the tool demo track at the ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering 2023! [ESEC/FSE’23-a]

July 10, 2023
Our paper, “False negative - that one is going to kill you - Understanding Industry Perspectives of Static Analysis based Security Testing” has been accepted to the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2024! [S&P’24-a]

April 21, 2023
Adwait has been designated as the Class of 1953 Associate Professor of Computer Science, a three-year appointment starting AY 2023-2024!

April 17, 2023
Our poster on “Understanding the Privacy Practices of Political Campaigns”:” A Perspective from the 2020 US Election Websites” won the Best Poster Award at the 2023 CCI Symposium! Congrats Kaushal!

April 3, 2023
Kaushal Kafle selected as the 2023 Commonwealth of Virginia Engineering and Science (COVES) Policy Fellow!

March 13, 2023
Adwait’s CAREER proposal on “Integrating Trust and Accountability into Compliance Enforcement for a Secure Internet of Things” has been funded! [NSF Abstract]

February 10, 2023
Adwait has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure effective with the start of the 2023-24 academic year!

August 26, 2022
Our paper on “Understanding IoT Security from a Market-Scale Perspective” has been accepted to the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS) 2022! [CCS’22]

June 20, 2022
Sunil Manandhar passed his PhD defense! Congratulations Dr. Manandhar! Sunil will join the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center upon graduating on August 1st, 2022.

April 5, 2022
Adwait Nadkarni named a nominee for the 2022 CCI Impact Award! [Announcement]

March 15, 2022
Our paper on smart home privacy policies has been conditionally accepted to the USENIX Security Symposium 2022! [USENIX’22]

August 10, 2021
Our paper “Why Crypto-detectors Fail: A Systematic Evaluation of Cryptographic Misuse Detection Techniques”, has been accepted to the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2022! [S&P’22]

August 2, 2021
Our medium proposal on “Enabling Data-Driven Security and Safety Analyses for Cyber-Physical Systems” has been funded! [NSF Abstract]

June 30, 2021
Amit Seal Ami and Sunil Manandhar both receive COVA CCI Cybersecurity Dissertation Fellowships!

May 26, 2021
Adwait Nadkarni receives the 2021 Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award! [Announcement]

April 30, 2021
Sunil Manandhar selected as the 2021 Commonwealth of Virginia Engineering and Science (COVES) Policy Fellow! [Press Release]

April 7, 2021
Sunil Manandhar awarded the S. Laurie Sanderson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring! [Press Release]

March 2, 2021
Sunil Manandhar recognized as Distinguished Reviewer in the Shadow PC for the IEEE S&P 2021 [S&P Shadow PC’21]

January 21, 2021
Our paper, “Demo”:”” Mutation-based Evaluation of Security-focused Static Analysis Tools for Android.”, has been accepted to the Tool Demo Track at ICSE’21! [ICSE’21 Demonstrations]

January 21, 2021
Our proposal on “A Systematic Evaluation of Smart City Security and Privacy” has been funded by the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI)! [Press Release]

November 24, 2020
Our paper, “Systematic Mutation-based Evaluation of the Soundness of Security-focused Android Static Analysis Techniques”, has been accepted for publication to the ACM Transactions on Privacy and Security [TOPS]

July 2, 2020
Our paper, “Security in Centralized Data Store-based Home Automation Platforms”:” A Systematic Analysis of Nest and Hue”, has been accepted for publication to the ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems, in the special issue on Security and Privacy for Connected CPS [TCPS]

January 15, 2020
Our paper, “Towards a Natural Perspective of Smart Homes for Practical Security and Safety Analyses”, has been accepted for publication at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy 2020 [Oakland’20]

April 26, 2019
Brian Burns graduated with an MS, and a successful Masters Project. Congratulations Brian!

April 26, 2019
Ruhao (Tony) Tang successfully defended is Honors Thesis on “Leveraging NLP to Enable Analysis of User Driven Routines”. Congratulations Tony!

March 29, 2019
Ruhao (Tony) Tang wins the Undergraduate Stephen K. Park Award 2019. Congratulations Tony!

March 26, 2019
Our paper, “A Study of Data Store-based Home Automation”, received the Best Paper Award at CODASPY’19!

December 28, 2018
Our recent investigation on smart home security has received wide press coverage. See the most detailed articles here - Daily Press, The Ambient, Quartz

November 27, 2018
Our paper, “A Study of Data Store-based Home Automation”, has been accepted for publication at the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY’19)

November 27, 2018
Our paper, “ACMiner”:” Extraction and Analysis of Authorization Checks in Android’s Middleware”, has been accepted for publication at the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy (CODASPY’19)

August 31, 2018
Our proposal on “Enabling Systematic Evaluation of the Soundness of Android Security Analysis Techniques” has been funded! Thanks NSF! [Abstract]

May 20, 2018
Our paper, “Discovering Flaws in Security-Focused Static Analysis Tools for Android using Systematic Mutation”, has been accepted for publication at the 27th USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX’18)

April 10, 2018
Ruhao (Tony) Tang wins the Charles Center Summer Research Scholarship for Summer 2018!